Winter Term 2020-21 will be different from previous years in a number of ways. This year, all projects for Arts & Sciences students will take place remotely in three distinct cohort-based periods, which are specifically designed for each class year to strengthen cohort ties, build relevant skills, and engage imaginations during periods when students are not in academic session.

Updates for Seniors August WT

Arts & Sciences, Double Degree, and Conservatory

  • Winter Term for seniors will begin on August 3 and end on August 25
  • All group and individual Winter Term projects will be conducted remotely
  • Open-enrollment registration for group and individual projects will begin on Friday, June 26 at studyaway.oberlin.edu
  • The deadline for group and individual project registration is Friday, July 24
  • Seniors who are proposing individual projects are encouraged to design projects that they can complete entirely from their place of residence, while adhering to all applicable laws and health department guidance, without placing themselves or others in harm’s way
  • Individual projects may not include travel. Only international students may complete home-based projects outside of the United States, in their respective home countries
  • Students planning individual projects are encouraged to utilize the new individual project toolkit and e-portfolio template, available on our google site. This toolkit provides guidance on how to structure individual projects around the eight components of successful project work, via an e-portfolio template that students can customize for use as a workspace and/or archival site. Instructions on how to duplicate the template and create your project e-portfolio are available. 
  • A limited number of group projects will be offered for seniors: 
    • Business for Life
    • College to Career and Beyond
    • Conflict Transformation
    • Conservatory Professional Development Intensive
    • DIY as a Response to Change
    • Hybrid Technologies
    • Relaxation, Joy, and Flow!

We look forward to supporting your planning process for this year’s Winter Term experience. If you have any questions about project planning and registration, please reach out to us at wterm@oberlin.edu. If you would like to meet to discuss your Winter Term plans with us, you can schedule an advising appointment at bit.ly/wtadvising

Updates for Juniors September WT

Arts & Sciences 

Juniors are invited to participate in the Junior Practicum Program hosted by the Career Development Center during the fall term.  Participants will earn winter term project credit for participating in the Career Readiness and Skill-Building Summit (September 8 - October 2).

Registration will be open from July 6 to July 17 at studyaway.oberlin.edu.

Send an email to ocareers@oberlin.edu with any program specific questions. 

Juniors who wish to begin or continue their language study, or to participate in both  language study and the Junior Practicum Program, during the September winter term may do so by registering between July 6 and July 17 at studyaway.oberlin.edu.  The full list of approved courses is available on the application pages for the Junior Practicum + Language Study and Language Study.

Send an email to elizabeth.hamilton@oberlin.edu, or reach out to your language faculty/department, with any program specific questions. 

Updates for Sophomores January WT

Arts & Sciences 

Sophomores are invited to participate in a SOAR-based program for winter term project credit (January 4 - January 29).

Registration will occur during the fall semester.  Dates TBD.

Send an email to soar@oberlin.edu with any program specific questions. 

Sophomores who wish to begin or continue their language study, or to participate in both language study and the SOAR program, during the January winter term should reach out to their language faculty/department to discuss this plan in relation to their academic year course scheduling. Registration for the winter term language study or language study + SOAR will occur during the fall semester. 

Send an email to elizabeth.hamilton@oberlin.edu, or reach out to your language faculty/department, with any program specific questions. 

Updates for Conservatory Students

Please review the Conservatory's FAQ page for updates on winter term.